everything your mother never taught you about how the world really works.
To really appreciate the depth of this fiasco, lets just re-imagine the same thing in a different context.
Let us suppose that the principal of a high school (a role analogous to former Speaker Hastert), were to be informed through various other teachers and paid aides of the high school, that one of the teachers at this school had been involved in sexually provocative e-mail exchanges with present and former students of the school. Let us further suppose that none of this information led to any restraint, investigation or even the firing of this teacher.
Does anyone actually believe that once this failure to act was discovered, that this principal, in todays ethical/moral climate, would still be working for the school system, or that the other teachers and paid aides involved would survive the purge that would follow such revelations? Of course not. We rightfully expect high standards of behavior from those to whom we entrust our young people.
But Congress is different. It holds itself to no standards whatsoever. These folks in Washington seem to think we really are dumb. Maybe we are.